Meyer, Prauner open with wins at Off Road

first_imgBy Randy PospishilNORFOLK, Neb. (April 16) – Several of the ‘usual suspects’ from the 2015 season were among the winners Saturday night during Off Road Speedway’s opening night racing card.Those familiar names included two of last year’s track champions, Ramsey Meyer, a previous national champion in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts, and Kyle Prauner in the Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMods division.Meyer eased into the lead just in time for a restart caused by the rollover of Luke Jackson’s car as it headed into turn four. Meyer used the restart to his advantage, sprinting to a commanding lead to secure his third win of the season.Prauner’s win required a trip through traffic, from fifth place early in the race to second after a spin by Dylan Pospisil set up a caution and restart. Although that restart was beneficial, moments later Prauner grabbed the lead twice only to have cautions negate the positioning.Finally, with seven laps remaining, Prauner took the lead from Nelson Vollbrecht as the cars en­tered turn three and sped to the win.In the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, Jeremy Hoskinson started on the pole and, in spite of four restarts, the last of which set up two consecutive green, white, checkered attempts to finish the 15-lap race, hung on for the victory.last_img read more

Kentucky’s John Calipari explains why he shut down fans’ ‘overrated’ chant directed at Tennessee

first_imgKentucky fans start chanting “Overrated” & Calipari shut that down quick. @Vol_Hoops @KentuckyMBB— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) February 17, 2019Tennessee coach Rick Barnes admitted Kentucky played a strong game, and the Volunteers weren’t able to compete as they had hoped. “They were terrific. John had them ready to play. They dominated us every way you could be dominated,” Barnes said, per The Athletic. “(That was the) most selfish we’ve been all season.”Kentucky improved to a 21-4 record with the win, while Tennessee fell to 23-2. The two will match up again March 2 when Kentucky travels to Knoxville. Kentucky fans broke into an “overrated” chant directed at Tennessee late in the second half of the No. 5 Wildcats’ 86-69 victory over the No. 1 Volunteers on Saturday, but coach John Calipari wasn’t having any of the unsportsmanlike behavior. Calipari turned toward Kentucky fans and repeatedly yelled “NO!” when the chant started at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. He addressed his reaction to the chant after the game, while giving the Volunteers credit for how they played. “I know how good Tennessee is and that’s why I told our fans enough with the ‘They’re overrated.’ They’re not overrated. Probably underrated,” Calipari said, per the Knoxville News Sentinel. “We gave them a chance where we had (Tennessee) down big, and all of a sudden, you turn around and it’s 15, 16, 12 (point deficits). And I could see them making shots and beating us.” Related News Three takeaways from No. 5 Kentucky’s blowout win over No. 1 Tennesseelast_img read more

Comedy Event to Assist The FoodBank

first_imgLocal comedian Kevin Israel will host a comedy benefit at Park East Restaurant, 3352 State Route 35 in Hazlet, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, to help The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.The FoodBank has been operational since the day after Super Storm Sandy, providing more than 33,000 meals in the first four days after the storm, when most other member pantries and agencies were unable to provide assistance due to power outages or flooding. Since the storm struck, The FoodBank has distributed food for more than 1 million meals, including hot meals prepared in the organization’s kitchen, military rations (MREs), shelf stable food, disaster boxes, and fresh and frozen items for organizations cooking for victims and rescue workers.“I grew up in Monmouth County and I live here now, this storm really affected everyone but we all came together so quickly to help one another,” said Israel who has been performing stand up for over 12 years. “I’ve worked with The FoodBank in other capacities and I know how much immediate good they do. This benefit will help them continue to assist those who need it the most in the coming months.“Everyone could use a laugh after the past few weeks and we’ve assembled an incredible group of comics. As soon as I approached Park East with the idea of a comedy benefit show, the folks there were immediately receptive,” Israel said. “We have Robin Fox from NickMom Night Out, Chris Covert who recently performed with Artie Lange at the Count Basie Theatre and Joseph Anthony, a finalist on TV’s Last Comic Standing. These are all Jersey comics and they’re all donating their time for this show.”Tickets are $25. Reserva­tions and additional information are available by calling (732) 739-2002 or contacting Israel at [email protected] read more

Should the Raiders draft an offensive skill player early?

first_imgJon Gruden has made it clear he’s striving to be like the Kansas City Chiefs, on offense at least, and this draft offers the Raiders a chance to begin closing the monumental gap between these two teams.Yes, the Raiders need more help on defense than offense, but with four picks among the first 35, general manager Mike Mayock and Gruden can afford to bolster their offense early.But should those reinforcements come at skill positions, say, in the form of a future featured running back or a slot …last_img

Trafficking in Human Parts Nothing New

first_imgShocking videos of abortionists selling baby body parts is only the latest in a long line of Darwinian ethical barbarities.It always starts with good intentions. Biomedical researchers just want to help people. That’s how eugenics began; it’s embedded in the name, “good” genes. But by most people’s moral standards, it’s not right to do wrong to get a chance to do right. You wouldn’t murder a person to take his kidneys to heal a person dying of kidney disease, for instance. Does it really matter if the person is really young, or not even born yet?The videos from the Center for Medical Progress are shocking the nation right now, but if history is any guide, the furor will quiet down in short order. Nobody will be prosecuted for breaking the law, no fines will be paid, and taxpayer money will continue to flow uninterrupted to Planned Parenthood (see this Medical Xpress article for how it will likely play out politically). In fact, if anyone gets in trouble, it will likely be CMP for going under cover to expose the gory truth. Why is this? History is our guide. Does anyone remember “Silent Scream”? Does anyone remember the bags of aborted babies in trash cans, the horrors of Kermit Gosnell’s clinic, the wars over partial-birth abortion, or the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood workers conspiring with sex traffickers and advising young girls on how to practice sado-masochism?Planned Parenthood will likely survive this latest scandal. There’s big money involved, for one thing. And since Darwin rules the centers of power, the courts, media and academia will turn a blind eye to any outrage that smacks of “religious” ethics. The Medical Xpress piece shows the power of the secular science media to frame issues in terms of “women’s health,” concern about “the poor,” and “medical research”  while downplaying the gruesomeness of the videos and the amoral nonchalance of the perpetrators. A few Republican politicians will mollify outraged voters with impassioned do-nothing speeches, then will likely move on to other pressing issues, like getting re-elected. Meanwhile, the president’s director of Health and Human Services has not watched the videos and is not making any plans to launch an investigation.Update 8/03/15: Senate Democrats filibustered a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, and succeeded in defeating it (Life News). Only one Republican present voted against it.Embryonic Stem CellsWe’ve reported scientists affirming that ethically clean iPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells derived from adult tissues) work just as well as embryonic stem cells (see 5/23/11, 9/11/11,  and a recent example on Science Daily). Nevertheless, research with human embryos continues—even though papers and articles reporting the work admit that there are ethical issues with their use.  Are not human embryos just a few weeks younger than the fetuses being cut up by Planned Parenthood for sale? Even if not implanted, an embryo has the same genome as the fetus (baby), and is programmed with the same developmental pathway.To be sure, some embryonic stem cell research is conducted using mouse embryos, like this example in Nature. But why research embryos for regenerative medicine at all, if the goal is not to eventually use the same findings and techniques on human embryos? Another article in Nature from the very same day discusses research using mouse and human embryos to grow organs in a Petri dish. Indeed, the title of Cassandra Willyard’s article gives away the trend: “The boom in mini stomachs, brains, breasts, kidneys and more.” She mentions human tissues 17 times, with the goal of clinical trials looming down the road.Gene EditingAs we shared on 6/05/15, the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique has opened a Pandora’s Box of ethical issues. Recently, Jeff Bessen wrote at The Conversation that the “CRISPR/Cas gene-editing technique holds great promise, but research moratorium makes sense pending further study.” He is realistic, though, about scientists’ priorities when money and fame are involved:The gene editing technique also raises concerns. Could the new tools allow parents to order “designer babies”? Could premature use in patients lead to unforeseen and potentially dangerous consequences? This potential for abuse or misuse led prominent scientists to call for a halt on some types of new research until ethical issues can be discussed – a voluntary ban that was swiftly ignored in some quarters.And now, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Hollywood has reported another gene editing method: “Using Low-Dose Irradiation, Researchers Can Now Edit Human Genes: Effectiveness of Gene Editing in Human Stem Cells Improves Tenfold Using New Technique.” The purpose is honorable enough; fixing muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease and other serious genetic disorders. But if it works on a patient’s adult stem cells, what’s to stop a rogue nation or ambitious scientist from trying it on human embryos?Ethical ApathyPerhaps most concerning in recent bioethics news is the lack of concern. This was seen in two recent “science news” articles. In Medical Xpress #1, reporters announced nonchalantly that Canada has joined 60 other nations in approving RU-486, the controversial pill that induces abortion up to 7 weeks after pregnancy. This is the very pill that has alarmed some American businesses (e.g., pharmacies; see FRC) to the point of facing the loss of their licenses in order to maintain their sincerely held belief that life begins at conception. But here’s the nonchalant attitude of the reporter:“The approval of mifepristone [RU-486] is great news for women in Canada,” the group’s president Vicki Saporta said.  “It’s long overdue that Canadian women also have access to the gold standard for medical abortion care.“It should be emphasized that this is not about access to the pill. It’s about whether Canadian taxpayers should be coerced to pay for it. The reporter apparently was oblivious to the concerns of those who find this morally reprehensible, or else considered their concerns not worth even mentioning. The health of the baby is obviously lost in the fog of euphemism about “great news for women.” It’s certainly not great news for female unborn children.In Medical Xpress article #2, readers were treated to a history of “Human fetal tissue” that has been “long used for [a] variety of medical studies.” Malcolm Ritter seems to ask, What’s the fuss about cutting up baby body parts? Scientists have been doing it for decades. Ritter begins with a photo from 1954 of a Nobel prize scientist developing a polio vaccine with the help of fetal tissue. The end justifies the means, apparently; he doesn’t ask if that was the only way to produce the vaccine. The fetus (baby) sure had no say in the matter.Ritter drops some hints that Planned Parenthood might have stepped over the line (e.g., women are supposed to give their consent), but the word “ethics” never appears in the article. Ritter’s timing is directly aimed at justifying Planned Parenthood against the recent allegations of barbarism. “Controversy over a leading U.S. reproductive health group supplying fetal tissue for research has focused attention on a little-discussed aspect of science,” he says euphemistically (“science” not “barbarism”), before launching into his Q&A about fetal tissue research. His account sounds like Planned Parenthood talking points, making America’s leading abortion provider look white as snow.Just don’t get the baby parts in a “crunchy” way. More wine, doctor?This is Darwin’s House of Horrors, people. Creationists are not the ones advocating fetal tissue research, eugenical gene editing, and embryonic stem cells. It’s only coming from those who treat humans as material animals no more special than mice. And with Darwin-drunk lawyers, the media, academia and a leftist administration in power, don’t expect their critics to get any better treatment than a yawn.Suggested video: Listen to Brit Hume’s response to the CMP videos and what it says about our culture. (Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA to set up mines, labour task force

first_img20 August 2012 A task force will be set up to look into labour issues in South Africa’s platinum industry after last week’s violent clashes near the Lonmin mine in Marikana, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on the weekend. The task force will consist of representatives from the mining industry, unions, government and traditional leadership. Forty-four people, including two police officers and 34 mine workers, were killed and scores injured in violent clashes in the mining town of Marikana outside Rustenburg, North West province last week. Shabangu and Labour Minister Mildred Olifant met with the Chamber of Mines, business and organised labour in Johannesburg on Saturday to discuss and agree on an action plan to address the violence at Lonmin’s Marikana mine and share practices applied by other mining companies. The management of Lonmin, the Chamber of Mines and other mining executives gave an account of what challenges they faced relating to engaging with labour organisations and employees generally. Both ministers then met with organised labour to get their account and what they perceived as the source of the conflict. Olifant reminded all parties of the legal processes pertaining to labour organisations and how they needed to operate as required by the law. Shabangu also put to all stakeholders the need to agree on how the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) would be engaged going forward, as long as their operations were within the confines of the law. Shabangu reiterated the need for all role players to uphold the spirit of tripartism as the image of the country’s mining industry was being tarnished after the sector, working with the government, had gone out to the world saying that the South African mining sector was open for business and encouraging investors to invest in the sector. Source: read more

Cab Cam – Planting at 10 MPH!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Thanks to the new John Deere ExactEmerge row units, Nate Douritas, the Farm Manager at Farm Science Review, is planting soybeans at over 10 MPH. That works out to be about 50 acres an hour! See the new planter in action with this Cab Cam from Ty Higgins of The Ohio Ag Net.last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast October 7, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A frontal boundary continues to try and exit the state today, but we still have moisture that we have to deal with from this system today, and it will be around through a good part of the day particularly in the south and east part of the state. If we draw a line from Cleveland to Cincinnati, rain will be prevalent south of that line most of the day, while north and east we see lesser chances. In fact, the NW quarter of the state likely just turns out partly sunny today. The heaviest rains can be in far south central parts of Ohio. Rain totals can be from .1″-.8″ still today, but the most general amount will be half an inch or less. Clearing will spread across the state today from NW to SE.We are sunny and dry for the rest of the week. Temps will be near normal tomorrow and Wednesday, but climbing a bit for late in the week. Clouds increase Friday afternoon.24 hour precip from late week/weekend eventA cold front moves through Ohio on Saturday, bringing rain totals of .25″-.75″ with 100% coverage. The rains are not the most newsworthy part of the frontal passage. The cold air behind the front is. Temps will fall off dramatically behind the front, leading to frost conditions possibly Sunday morning and Monday morning. We will clear out overnight Saturday night, which also aids the frost potential.     7 AM temps Sunday morning 10/13/19Sunshine dominates again for Monday through Wednesday. Temps will be normal to below over the northern half of the state, near normal in the south. Moving into the extended 11-16 day period, rain arrives for Thursday the 17th, and it could be heavier. Right now we are penciling in rain totals of .25″-1.25″ with 100% coverage. However, there is plenty of time for that system to weaken or otherwise move differently.  We are dry for Friday the 18th with mostly sunny skies, and then partly to mostly sunny and cool for Saturday the 19th through Monday the 21st. We cant rule out showers to finish the 11-16 day period Tuesday the 22nd, and they can bring a quarter to half inch of moisture with 90% coverage.last_img read more

Microsoft Updates Xbox To Cement Hold On Living Room

first_imgTags:#Microsoft#Xbox markhachman Microsoft’s new Smartglass technology, due Friday, combined with a new update to the Xbox, puts the company clearly in the driver’s seat to control the evolution of the living room.Microsoft said Tuesday that its Smartglass technology, which makes tablets and phones a “second screen” to complement the Xbox game console, will be available on Friday, the same day the company plans to release Windows 8. At the same time, a scheduled Xbox update adds Windows Explorer to the TV screen – along with a key addition: recommended content.“We are bringing the Web to the TV like never before with Internet Explorer, launching a brand new music service, and making it even easier to find the entertainment you love using Kinect and Bing voice search,” said Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Division, in a blog post. “This release is the next step in our journey to transform Xbox 360 from a games console to an all-in-one entertainment system.”According to Nielsen’s first-quarter “Cross-Platform Report,” (PDF), Americans spend 1 hour 38minutes per week on gaming devices. But consoles with the power to stream video (now, virtually all of them), the average time spent is 2 hours and 48 minutes a week. The conclusion? Game consoles aren’t just a console, they’re a set-top box, a front-end gateway to entertainment content that the traditional cable or satellite box just doesn’t provide.The same report also notes that DVR viewing continues to increase. With the exception of live sports, viewers are caring less about watching live TV as it happens, instead time-shifting it to when it’s most convenient. That, in turn, blurs the line between the recorded shows available on Netflix, Hulu and other sources of content and the linear streams of content presented on network and cable TV that we can “dip into” with our DVRs.Recommending What To WatchOne of the most important additions to the Xbox update, then, is the release of recommendations. “Recommendations will allow you to discover new movies, TV shows and games, generated based on a number of variables including the content you previously viewed, what your friends are consuming and what is most relevant and popular with our Xbox community,” said Larry Hyrb, Microsoft’s Xbox community spokesman, in a related blog post. “You can now rate content yourself and also see Rotten Tomatoes ratings.”According to ABI Research, the number of videos and TV shows available to watch numbers somewhere north of 100,000, although the total varies widely according to how they’re defined. (Amazon and Google, for example, are suspected to equate a single episode of a TV show as equivalent to a movie, putting South Park on the scale of Captain America.) However you count, though, there’s an overwhelming amount of content out there, and recommendations help narrow it down based on your preferences and what your friends like.There are essentially three methods of rating content:Active or manual ratings, such as what Netflix and Google TV use, allow users to rate The Blues Brothers, for example. The algorithm then determines that, based on your preference for popular, critically acclaimed movies starring Dan Ackroyd, that you might like Ghostbusters( recommendations use “likes” and references to promote content.Passive recommendations aren’t based on what you say you want to watch, but what you actually do watch.The latter two are Microsoft’s preferred methods.“Solving the [recommendation] problem for users means solving how users relate to content,” Sam Rosen, an analyst for ABI Research, said in an interview. “How they decide what they want to watch, when they want to watch, and giving them the flexibility to subscribe to certain feeds, to browse based on certain interests, and personalize their recommendations based on who they’re sitting with.”“I think that passive and social [recommendations] are going to catch on more than manual,” Rosen added. “I think that rating for the purpose of rating has worked well for Netflix, based on their timing of when they entered the Web, and their ability to build a certain loyal base. I think as people move away from their PC on their desk, where they’re making the decision about what to put in their queue, as they move to more on-demand rating, I would guess – and I haven’t looked at the question – I would guess that the number of people rating Netflix content is going down over time.”Watching The Web On TVBringing the best of the Web to the set-top box, of course, was the mission statement of Google TV, which launched two years ago. But content providers, leery of losing ad revenue, blocked the nascent platform. Today, Google TV isn’t much more than a front end to services like Netflix and YouTube, with some third-party apps.However, Google TV also offers one capability that other platforms have lacked: the Web. Unfortunately, that meant typing in a search query. With the updated Xbox and Kinect, Xbox users can now verbally ask a query, rather than have to use an awkward on-screen keyboard. Voice also works with the recommendation engine as well.The Xbox update also includes new features like “pinning” favorites to the Start menu, the newly released Xbox Video, and recently watched content. Improvements to Bing will let users say, “Xbox, Bing, action” and receive results for action movies from across Xbox.SmartGlass: Last, And Least InterestingIn some ways, SmartGlass might be the least interesting update to the Xbox. Yes, it will give the Xbox a “second screen,” another way for a user to interact with content on the main display (program notes and minutiae from HBO’s Game of Thrones, for example) and additional control options like pinch and zoom. SmartGlass will be used by games, including Dance Central 3, Forza Horizon, Halo Waypoint and Home Run Stars, among others; entertainment apps such as HBO GO, MSN, and NBC News; plus sports apps like ESPN and the UFC.However, it requires users to own a tablet or phone. Not surprisingly, SmartGlass will be first available with Surface and with Windows Phone 8; additional platforms are coming soon, according to Engadget. That approach hasn’t placated existing Windows Phone 7.5 users, who will be left out in the cold at launch.Microsoft has set itself up to traverse the continuum of tablet, phone and PC. But it hasn’t forgotten about the biggest screen in the house, which in some ways is still the most important of all. Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

Jazz pull away for 117-96 win over Blazers

first_imgJazz: Gobert has logged a double-double in nine of his last 10 games against the Blazers. . Dante Exum matched his season-high with 15 points off the bench. . Utah shot 13-of-21 (61.9 percent) from 3-point range over the final three quarters.UP NEXTBlazers visit the Warriors on Thursday.Jazz host the 76ers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Jazz extended their lead to 68-51 on back-to-back baskets from Ricky Rubio early in the third quarter.Portland chipped away at the lead and finally cut it to 92-83 on a floater from Seth Curry early in the fourth quarter. That’s as close as the Blazers got.Gobert answered with a dunk to push Utah’s lead back to double digits. It sparked a 14-2 run that slammed the door shut on any potential comeback. Mitchell punctuated the run with a 3-pointer, putting the Jazz up 106-85 with 4:49 remaining.TIP INSBlazers: Lillard did not attempt a free throw. He came into the game ranked fourth in the NBA in free throws made and eighth in the league in attempts. . Portland scored 14 points off 17 Utah turnovers. . The Blazers made just 35 baskets against the Jazz for the second time this season.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Damian Lillard score 20 points to lead Portland. Evan Turner added 12 points off the bench. The Blazers (19-15) lost to Utah for the second time in five days after shooting just 39 percent from the field.Jae Crowder scored seven of Utah’s first nine second-quarter points, starting with the team’s first 3-pointer of the game, to cap a 9-0 run that gave the Jazz a 33-26 lead. The Blazers pulled within three on three different occasions. Lillard hit a couple of baskets to cut the deficit to a basket, then fed Jusuf Nurkic for a layup to trim Utah’s lead to 43-40.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Jazz pulled away before halftime behind hot shooting from the perimeter. Joe Ingles and Crowder buried back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 16-5 run. Mitchell finished it off by beating the shot clock with another outside basket, giving the Jazz a 59-45 lead.Utah went 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the second quarter after going 0-of-8 in the first quarter. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, rear, dunks on Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks while Donovan Mitchell added 19 points to lead Utah to a 117-96 victory over Portland on Tuesday night.Joe Ingles chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for the Jazz (17-18), who won for the fifth time in their last six home games while shooting 55 percent from the floor.ADVERTISEMENT The half-dozen times sports made you smile in 2018center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more